He is the third person to die at a national park during shutdown, including a woman who was killed by a falling tree at Great Smoky National Park on December 27 and a 14-year-old girl who appeared to have fallen to her death at Horseshoe Bend Overlook, part of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area in Arizona.
A visitor at Yosemite National Park reportedly fell to his death on Christmas Day, and the incident went unreported until now due to the ongoing government shutdown, a National Park Service spokesman said.
Outside Online reporter Wes Siler says the tragedy, which took place on the afternoon of December 25, was confirmed yesterday by the supervisory public affairs officer for the National Park Service, Andrew Muñoz.
After receiving a 911 call, "rangers were on scene in less than an hour and the visitor was removed from the water", Muñoz wrote in an email. "A news release wasn't issued because of the shutdown".
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"Medical attention was provided to the visitor, but he died from his injuries", Munoz said.
Muñoz said the man, whose identity has not been released, wasn't in a closed area.
Although the park remains open, the waste and other public safety concerns have led to closure of Wawona Campground, Hodgdon Meadow Campground, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and the Crane Flat and Goat Meadow snow play areas.
Campers at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's deserts were reporting squabbles as different families laid claims to sites, with no rangers on hand to adjudicate, said Ethan Feltges, who operates the Coyote Corner gift shop outside Joshua Tree. "On Dec. 27, a woman was killed by a falling tree at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee", the report said.